Jai Hind future warriors, as in a month or so from now (Jan 2022), SSB Interviews will start for the NDA-148 entry, so we have come up with some genuine tips to help the candidates in their preparation for it.
1. For screening test on Day-1, start solving intelligence tests questions from various books available. Write stories following all instructions like writing character details and action in the required time frame, then narrate in front of mirror to build your confidence and work on any weakness you find.
2. For psych tests, there is only thing practice, and keep on introspecting your responses not just from yourself but also from any SSB buddy you know. Initially the responses may not be up to the mark, but with consistent practice things will eventually work out for you. Try to relate the responses to your life experiences.
3. Amongst the CIQs frequent questions are asked in personal interviews, so prepare them. People will say SSB is a personality test and you can’t prepare for it. But there’s a reason SSB coaching industry is blooming. So focus on questions related to your PIQ, prepare for every section and keep on cross questioning your responses, to bring out all the responses. This is the best form of self-introspection as PIQ pretty much covers everything.
4. Other than that Also you should be aware of your strengths and weaknesses, and how are you able to utilise your strengths or how are you working to remove your weaknesses. Remember there are no specific best responses in personal interview, only the true responses (your own life experiences) are the best responses. Also have knowledge about the force you want to join, like if you want to join the Navy, then which arm do you aspire for, let’s say you said Submarine Arm, then why so, latest submarines, comparison with our neighbours, what role will you play in the submarines, evolution of Indian Submarines etc. Also latest defence deals, exercises, etc should be somethings you should know about.
5. First and foremost, thing would be to focus on your fitness. Although no one is asking you to be Bear Grylls or someone with six packs, but in tasks like GOR (Group Obstacle Race) and IO (Individual Obstacles, you will need a lot of stamina as it may so happen that immediately after the IO/GOR, lecturette/any other task will be conducted and if you are someone with less stamina you will be exhausted physically and that may take a toll on your performance. Also keeping yourself in shape helps you boost your confidence and project a positive vibe about yourself to the assessors.
6. For this you can start gyming or if you have a ground nearby start going for runs. Also if you are able to give team sports, it would be of best help to you, as nothing builds more personality than them, they bring out every aspect of you be it physical or mental toughness.
7. Improving communication skills would be of great help to you, and when I say this I don’t mean become a English speaking nerd, even if your English is just kaam-chalau that is you can explain your views properly with Hinglish it would do. Even the assessors stress on speaking the language (Hindi/English) you are comfortable with. So how to have that kaam-chalau English:
- Read newspapers or if you find them boring, start reading novels of your preferable genre.
- Make SSB prep buddies and converse with each other in English. Give your best, because initially it may feel weird and hard, but with time your fluency will improve.
- If you have time, stressing on time, watch some English series/documentary, as it will help you improve your pronunciation and clarity of voice. Again follow this tip only if you have sufficient time, otherwise watch English news.
- Don’t make those difficult words diary, dictionaries were made for a reason, no one wants you to be walking thesaurus in the SSB, rather focus on more speech and speech, be it with friends, family or in front of mirror
Earlier I talked about newspapers, so if you are reading one, try to or follow some online resource, speak in front of mirror for three minutes not more not less on important topics / issues you read about. Never speak randomly, rather plan it under various parts like Definition, Advantages, Disadvantages, Solutions(focussing on this part), etc and record your lecturette using phone/ any other device. Now notice your body language, voice modulation(if you sounded too monotonous), expressions, and keep on improving.
|1||SSB Interview Online Course Introduction|
|2||Introduction Of OIR and Practice Session I|
|3||OIR Practice Session II|
|4||Introduction of PPDT and Practice Session I|
|5||PPDT Practice Session II|
|6||Complete Screening Test Practice (OIR & PPDT)|
|7||Overview Of Psych Test|
|8||Introduction of TAT And Practice Session I|
|9||Introduction of WAT And Practice Session I|
|10||Introduction of SRT And Practice Session I|
|11||Introduction of SDT And Practice Session I|
|12||Complete Psych Test Practice (TAT, WAT, SRT & SDT)|
|13||Introduction of PIQ Form And Guidance|
|14||Introduction of Personal Interview And Discussion|
|15||Individual Personal Interview Sessions|
|16||Introduction of GTO And Tips|
|17 A||Introduction of GD And Practice Session I|
|17 B||GD Practice Session II|
|18||Introduction of GPE And Practice Session I|
|19||GPE Practice Session II|
|20||Introduction of Lecturette And Practice Session I|
|21||Complete Overview Of SSB Interview Process & Feedback|
Other than these tips, start spending more time with your family as more than anything they have seen you grow from start and would be the best source of motivation and guide.
For more tips and strategies regarding defence exams and SSB Interview, stay tuned.